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Hello August

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August is a really peculiar time of year.  Just think about it.  It’s almost the end of summer and the beginning of a new fall season.  We try not to think of summer ending (well I do think of summer ending because I love the cooler weather), and try to drag it out.  It is also a time of remembrance for me because there were so many things happening with my family during this month, a few years ago.

I am working on a few projects now.  A few are not as daunting as I’m making them out to be, but my time is of the essence so it seems daunting now.  I know as I start knocking down the list they will get done, but for now they are there and I can’t wait to finish them all off.

I’m thinking of growth, adjustments, changes and my mind is deciding what, where, why, who, and when?  SHM!   I find also that my sleep patterns have changed drastically.  I’m usually an early riser, but of late I’m up earlier than normal.  But, the good news is I’m making good use of that time.  Bad news is, I’m usually more tired by midday.

I am thinking of doing another volunteer project.  The Red Cross is coming to mind for me, since they have so many opportunities in my skill area particularly, and in my community.

I attended a financial services meeting today and it was quite interesting, if I must say so myself.  I’m hoping what comes out of it is a consciousness toward financial planning and management, especially with young people.

Enjoy the rest of the summer and have fun.

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Posted by on August 8, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Can’t Please Everyone

Can’t Please Everyone

Positive Images

Recently I’ve heard so many negative comments about President Obama, it’s just amazing.  He may not be perfect, but I thank God for him, especially since he has been doing so much towards raising the country’s consciousness about black images.   So many want to believe the hype that “all” blacks are lazy, shiftless, uneducated, violent, and just unambitious.   As president, Obama has been able to disprove all those stereotypes, and also to create a platform for young, black kids, especially those without positive role models,  to realize they have alternatives.

What choices will our children make

As we view social media and television it seems the African communities across the diaspora is under severe attack, especially our men.   We have to bring our social life back under control, and we have to do it quickly.   Order has to be restored.  The shootings, the arrests, the  embarrassing public displays.  I cringe just thinking about the kids who are sitting behind their computers and looking on.  What are they thinking?  How are they digesting all of this?  Where will they be in 10-20 years as a result?  Who will they emulate?  Action is required on each individual.  I’m not talking about Essence, Ebony, BET, and these mediums of entertainment.  I mean action from the point of view of men who are employed, underemployed in some cases, self employed and even those involved in sports who can play a proactive role in the lives of children who are in need of mentors.   A takes a village, and it takes a village to move a child in the direction of self-sufficiency.

Resources

There are resources available for those in needs.  Whether you are in need of food, shelter, clothing, etc.

  • http://camba.org/   This organization can point you in the direction of housing, food, clothing, legal and even employment.  But I would suggest you sign up with a few temporary agencies on your own as well, to give yourself more options.  Most of these agencies are dependent on grants, so essentially you are a number to them.  But, you learn a lot, so I won’t so they are totally useless.  Notice I said, they can point you in the direction.  Don’t depend on them to find anything for you.
  • National Housing Services(NHS)  provides the following, (Emergency Home Repairs, Financial capability assistance, first time home owners information, foreclosure intervention, home improvement, refinance information).
  • Banks – http://www.littleafrica.com/resources/banks.pdf

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Nice lady kind enough to stop and allow me take her picture

Nice lady kind enough to stop and allow me take her picture

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My children are my image

reflection photoKeira wyattvillage of god's children love a child with the love of godbringbackourgirls 152days

 
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#BRINGBACKOURGIRLS

#BRINGBACKOURGIRLS

Today is the 152nd day since 273 Nigerian school girls were kidnapped. We ask that all of you, from whatever city/country you live, to continue to march and hold rallies. Continue to call your government leaders and tell your friends. We will not be silenced.

Every day the family at the Bring Back Our Girls headquarters in Abuja march and rally by the hundreds.

#bringbackourgirls www.bringbackourgirls.us

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Impressions

The Village I look at young, black, girls in the Brooklyn, New York neighborhoods.  Many are struggling due to lack of finances, poor self-image and poor academic performance.   It is so important firstly for parents or guardians to recognize what the particular needs are, then address them systematically in order for a positive change to take place. I remember growing up and hearing the slogan, we learn what we live.  This is so true.  Women are the guardians of the community, even though men are the cornerstone.  So, why shouldn’t we help the women to become better guardians, rather than mediocre guardians.  We have to bring together the older women to teach the younger ones.  I know Iyanla Vanzant had a special she did with some sisters and it really moved me because she introduced the council of older women, and I thought this to be most effective.  It’s also what we lack.  It’s what our young women lack. Self-Image A positive self-image is so important.  But, in our community of black people it can sometimes be like a needle in a hay stack.  There are so many images out there which affects our children.  I focus on the girls especially, but this does not diminish what happens to our male children.   There is the image of skin complexion, the image of thin vs. thick, the image of black vs. white.   So, we have to decide where we stand in all this noise of images.

Steve Biko

Steve Biko

I believe once a child is made to feel beautiful, none of these images should matter, but it depends on each individual.   Empowering oneself is important, and it begins with how we see ourselves. Academics Academics is so important because you can use academics to define yourself, to strengthen who you are and stand strong.   It does not work for everyone, but I believe a good, solid education makes us better people generally.

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Impressions

The Village

I look at young, black, girls in the Brooklyn, New York neighborhoods.  Many are struggling due to lack of finances, poor self-image and poor academic performance.   It is so important firstly for parents or guardians to recognize what the particular needs are, then address them systematically in order for a positive change to take place. I remember growing up and hearing the slogan, we learn what we live.  This is so true.  Women are the guardians of the community, even though men are the cornerstone.  So, why shouldn’t we help the women to become better guardians, rather than mediocre guardians.  We have to bring together the older women to teach the younger ones.  I know Iyanla Vanzant had a special she did with some sisters and it really moved me because she introduced the council of older women, and I thought this to be most effective.  It’s also what we lack.  It’s what our young women lack.

Self-Image

A positive self-image is so important.  But, in our community of black people it can sometimes be like a needle in a hay stack.  There are so many images out there which affects our children.  I focus on the girls especially, but this does not diminish what happens to our male children.   There is the image of skin complexion, the image of thin vs. thick, the image of black vs. white.   So, we have to decide where we stand in all this noise of images.

Steve Biko

Steve Biko

I believe once a child is made to feel beautiful, none of these images should matter, but it depends on each individual.   Empowering oneself is important, and it begins with how we see ourselves.

Academics

Academics is so important because you can use academics to define yourself, to strengthen who you are and stand strong.   It does not work for everyone, but I believe a good, solid education makes us better people generally.

 

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

It’s a Beautiful Day!

Hello friends and family (Beloved ones),

This is a reflective day for me.  In fact the weeks behind me have been full of reflections.   My mind have been focused on how to manage myself and not others.  Did you hear me?   

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HOW I DO IT

How do I manage myself?  It’s a process….I start each day in prayer, asking God to show me what He wants for me that day.  I ask Him to shape my day and keep me focused on future endeavors, rather than past pain.

I also try to do the same things each day so that I remind myself that I am not perfect, and keeping reminders are okay.  Keeping a to-do list of things I must do each day is so important for me because I am a task oriented person.  If I don’t do a list of things,  somethings just do not get done!  If I start my day being discombobulated, my day is essentially wrecked.   So, I have to be careful to be on task, rest when I’m not tasking, and enjoy my life in the process.  It’s a beautiful day to me when I remember who I am, and whose I am each day.

RESOURCES

Read if you can Stephen R. Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

I just found Justfab.com and just love it.  Try it out and say where you found them. 

If you are self-employed, or an employer looking for ways of managing or monitor employee(s) time Hubstaff.com is the way to keep yourself in the know, so that you are more effective.

BibleGateway.com  is another way I keep myself focused on the word.  I have the app on my phone and I have access to it via my computer.  Very resourceful and handy.

Myfitnesspal.com is also a great tool I use to keep me on target with what I eat, how much calories I consume, and just simply keeping myself healthy.  Start being healthy now, don’t wait until later.

Crystal

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Timeout

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Good Morning,

It’s been 8 months since I posted to my blog.  Life has had many ups and downs, and I’ve had to choose my activities carefully.  I’ve been trying to take things and life easy. I work very hard, and things haven’t been the way I would normally like them to be, but thus is life.  School has been stressful, especially with financial, and  health issues always looming.  But, I am so overcoming, and  I’m back!!!

My oldest son Augustus is still in a place of bondage literally, and fighting for his life. My prayers for him are for guidance and ordering of his steps for improved decision making and quality of life.

I became a new grandmom back in August of 2012, so now it’s official my grand daughter is now 1 year.  I just love her.

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My daughter is growing and I’m praying to God for direction in her life.  She’s such an amazing young woman, so much strength, character and an amazing gift of artistry. Let’s see how she figures it out.

My youngest son has had a few challenges but he seems to be hanging on strong.  I can’t wait to see where his mind leads him.

I moved to a temporary residence in June 2013 until I can find permanent housing, but I have a great job and I love my employer and the people with whom I work.  

Joel Osteen posted the following to Facebook this morning, and I believe it:

 

Sometimes heaven can be silent. But in those silent times something powerful is happening deep inside. God is stretching you. You’re developing a greater confidence in Him.

This was Joel Osteen yesterday:

 

In spite of how you feel, in spite of what’s been passed down in your family line, every day you need to declare, “Everything about me is getting better and better.”

Having had two days off from work (Thursday & Friday) for the Jewish New Year -Rosh Hashanah, I commented on Facebook as follows:

I have two days off from work so I’m using it to take care of some necessary chores, also to get some much needed rest. I need prayer, for those prayer warriors out there (you know who you are). God knows my needs, so just pray and ask God for direction and He will let you pray appropriately for my needs.

Please enjoy your day and love the ones you are with. They may not be here tomorrow. Each day is so precious, so enjoy your life and enjoy the people in your life.

Remember words are POWERFUL!!! So, be careful of the words you allow to come out of your mouths. They can transform your life or break your life.

Don’t allow others to have power over you. Remember, you are a child of God and only you can be King or Queen of your destiny. I’m preaching to the choir now!!!! Good gracious me!!!!

Have a great day Y’all!!! Luv and kisses!!

Yesterday I had an opportunity to speak with my dear friend Keira.  Keira is the type of person you can call, and she listens and prays.   She has an interesting Non-Profit called C.O.N.N.E.C.T. Ministry in Knoxville, Tennessee.  I would love to be able to help because it involves helping people in the community connect to resources they may not necessarily find other places.  People with financial difficulty, homelessness, addictions, and sometimes despair arrive at her door, and her first approach is always prayer.  After that she tries to deal with the physical and emotional needs of the individual and their families.  Keira has other external resources she can approach to make the services she provide all encompassing, to include transportation assistance, rent, joblessness, etc.    I had the good fortune to work with her and enjoyed the experience tremendously.  In fact, the experience was life changing for me.

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PHOTO BY MICHAEL PATRICK, COPYRIGHT © 2013

Keira Wyatt, Director C.O.N.N.E.C.T Ministries. Knoxville, TN

 

I cannot forget my friend Caroline who has had a tremendous impact on my life as well.  She has been realizing her lifelong dream of establishing an orphanage in Ghana for orphans and widows.  She recently took a trip to Ghana and did just that.  I think she is truly awesome and I pray for her success.

 

 

 

ImageCaroline Quist, Director of Village of God’s Children

 

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

 
 
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